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Nobel Women’s Initiative Monthly Update: January 2016

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Ensuring women are at the Syrian peace table

As Syrian peace negotiations got underway in Geneva this week, it was clear that women are dramatically underrepresented.  This is not due to a lack of effort on the part of Syrian women’s organizations. Our partners, the Syrian Women’s Initiative for Peace and Democracy—created under the auspices of UN Women in 2013—is one of the groups that has been working around-the-clock to bring women’s experience directly into the negotiations.  Members of the Initiative will be part of the independent Women’s Advisory Board, providing guidance and input to the negotiation process through UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura.

Putting women refugees on the map

We know that in any humanitarian crisis, women face unique risks.  About one-third of the refugees crossing from Turkey to Greece, and then making their way across Europe, are women and children. Women face sexual violence and exploitation, and must deal with the lack of access to birth control and a full range of reproductive health services, including pre-and-post natal care. During our #WomenRefugeesWelcome delegation to the Balkans and Germany in November 2015, we were proud to put women refugees on the map. Stay tuned for our new report that takes stock not only of the many challenges facing women refugees—but also of the women’s organizations working to support them. In the meantime, Amnesty International and UN Women have released reports that
detail the experience of women refugees along the route.

New report on sex crimes in Burma 

The Kachin Women’s Association Thailand (KWAT) and Legal Aid Network (LAN) have released a report that investigates the Burmese army’s involvement in the rape and murder of two Kachin teachers in January 2015“Justice Delayed, Justice Denied” is an extensive analysis of witness testimony that ultimately unveils a cover-up of the army’s role in the crime.


Following the lifting of economic sanctions on Iran in mid-January and reconciliation between Iran and US, Iran released four Iranian-Americans hostages. However, many Iranian political prisoners remain behind bars – they include two women human rights defenders Narges Mohammadiand Bahareh Hedayat.

Join Nobel Peace laureate Shirin Ebadi and call on President Rouhani of Iran to release all political prisoners!

CLICK TO TWEET: I call on #Iran President @HassanRouhani @Rouhani_ir to #release all political prisoners & make #peace w Iranian people

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